Articles tagged “low-cost carriers”

Singapore Airlines Sees Low-Cost Carriers as Key to Its Global Expansion

Singapore Airlines Sees Low-Cost Carriers as Key to Its Global Expansion

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Singapore Airlines Group is looking at what the gulf carriers have done to make their homes a hub for North American and European travelers going to Asia. It wants to make its hub at Singapore's Changi Airport a crossroads for North America and Europe, too, and sees its low-cost portfolio as important to that strategy.

1 month ago

Significance of Norwegian Air’s Recent DOT Victory Is Overstated

Significance of Norwegian Air’s Recent DOT Victory Is Overstated

Brian Sumers, Skift

It's nice that the DOT finally got around to approving Norwegian's Irish unit to fly to the United States. But this is not as big of a game-changer as some have suggested. Norwegian was going to grow in the United States and offer low fares on transatlantic flights, regardless of whether this happened.

2 months ago

Norwegian Air Considers Next Steps After U.S. Clears Trans-Atlantic Expansion

Norwegian Air Considers Next Steps After U.S. Clears Trans-Atlantic Expansion

Hanna Hoikkala and Nicholas Brautlecht , Bloomberg

Some of the recent stories on Norwegian Air a little misleading. The company, through its Norway-based airline, already had the right to fly any route it wanted between the United States and the EU. But this new approval should give Norwegian more flexibility in how it runs its business, and should lead to more flights and lower fares.

2 months ago

DOT Approval of More Norwegian Air Flights Opens Door for Cheaper Transatlantic Travel

DOT Approval of More Norwegian Air Flights Opens Door for Cheaper Transatlantic Travel

Brian Sumers, Skift

Politics is a funny game. There was little doubt the government would approve Norwegian's application — it had no legitimate basis to deny it — but the DOT still waited years before finally getting around to it. That was probably not fair to Norwegian, but the airline will survive.

2 months ago

United’s New Basic Economy Fares Are More Restrictive Than the Competition — Skift Business Traveler

United’s New Basic Economy Fares Are More Restrictive Than the Competition — Skift Business Traveler

Grant Martin, Skift

United surprised the airline community when it announced that its basic economy fares wouldn't allow for free overhead carry-on luggage this week. To many, that makes its upcoming basic economy fare worse than the competition. But will mainstream passengers care?

2 months ago

United’s New No-Frills Fare Won’t Even Include Free Carry-ons

United’s New No-Frills Fare Won’t Even Include Free Carry-ons

Brian Sumers , Skift

During Jeff Smisek's reign, industry insiders used to poke fun at United for copying Delta on key decisions. But with its new Basic Economy product, United is thinking outside the box. United's new fare may not be great news for flyers, but investors should be happy.

2 months ago

EasyJet Is Trying to Hold on to Its Executive Suite While Earnings Lag

EasyJet Is Trying to Hold on to Its Executive Suite While Earnings Lag

Benjamin Katz and David Hellier, Bloomberg

Will we see other UK travel companies have to worry themselves about execs making their own Brexit base on salary concerns?

3 months ago

Iberia Debuts Its New Long-Haul Premium Economy Class

Iberia Debuts Its New Long-Haul Premium Economy Class

Grant Martin, Skift

Iberia is just the latest in a host of carriers to launch a premium economy cabin, but the product looks like a big improvement over the main cabin.

3 months ago

Why United, American and Delta Fear Ultra Low Cost Competition, Explained

Why United, American and Delta Fear Ultra Low Cost Competition, Explained

Brian Sumers , Skift

American, United, and Delta are all introducing no-frills fares to try to thwart Frontier, Allegiant, and Spirit. It might work, or it might not. But it's worth a shot. The Big 3 do not want any of the discount airlines to grow to be as large and powerful as Ryanair.

3 months ago

Delta Has Big Concerns About Low-Cost Trans-Atlantic Competition

Delta Has Big Concerns About Low-Cost Trans-Atlantic Competition

Brian Sumers, Skift

Delta is generally considered the most fiscally sound of the U.S big three, and that likely won't change soon. But Delta, like its competitors, needs to come up with a cohesive strategy on how to challenge the discount airlines beginning to move into the trans-Atlantic market.

3 months ago

United Hits Pause on Introducing Basic Economy Fares — Skift Business Traveler

United Hits Pause on Introducing Basic Economy Fares — Skift Business Traveler

Grant Martin, Skift

United pushed the launch of its basic economy fares out a few months, giving business travelers a few more months to enjoy the full perks of budget tickets. Slowly, however, the axeman cometh.

4 months ago

British Airways Starts Charging for Food on Short Haul Flights

British Airways Starts Charging for Food on Short Haul Flights

Grant Martin, Skift

British Airways took a page out of Ryanair's playbook on its plans for short-haul catering. And while the planned fee structures aren't too galling, it may still rub some legacy passengers the wrong way.

4 months ago